A report from the U.S. Coast Guard shows that boating accidents and deaths in relation to boating accidents are on the rise. This is a particularly serious problem here in Florida, as our state leads the nation in boating accidents. In 2014, there were 581 boating accidents in the state of Florida. Just two years later, in 2016, that number skyrocketed to 684 boating accidents.
The "Internet of Ships" has garnered a lot of discussion in the wake of the fatal boat accident between the USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal in southwest Japan. That busy area is one of the most congested shipping lanes, and the tragic accident claimed seven lives aboard the USS Fitzgerald. A full investigation is underway -- but internet sleuths have already latched onto the Automated Identification System (AIS) data provided by the Crystal in an effort to figure out what went on during the fateful collision.
Criminal assault isn't usually listed as a part of an all-inclusive cruise ship package. But when cruise lines fail to provide adequate security for their guests, that's sometimes what guests get.
A cruise ship accident in the Pacific Northwest left 16 people injured and plenty of questions left unanswered. The incident occurred as a cruise ship, the Norwegian Sky, was entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca which separates Washington's Olympic Peninsula and Canada's Vancouver Island. As this occurred, the ship violently jolted to the side, and the ship appeared to be capsizing -- though thankfully it did not.
A crane accident at a shipyard in South Korea in early May left six people dead and 22 people with injuries. Three of the people who suffered injuries were described as being "severely" injured. The crane fell on a well bay module at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, but the crane itself was helping build an oil platform for a French energy company, Total.